Newsletter #25 August 17th

This week the new principal Paul Wright visited Matipo meeting with staff and visiting most classrooms.
Daffodil Day is coming up next Friday and I urge all families to support this very worthwhile cause. We will have senior students go around to all classrooms to collect gold coin donations in return for a Daffodil.

Warm Welcome To
Archie Marsters. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Andre Duggan, Alexander Matafeo, Daniel Suifua, Isabella Triggs, Daniel Edmonds, Adriana Urlovic, Mathilda Rothwell-Horner, Noah Burns and Ruby Chung. Happy Belated Birthday to Archie Marsters.

Netball Field Day
On Monday 14th August, Matipo attended the Te Atatu Cluster Netball Field Day. We had four girls teams and one boys team. The day was successful with all teams giving 100% effort, despite the windy and wet conditions. Congratulations to the Year 6 girls Matipo Royals and the Year 5 girls Matipo Magic for making the semi-finals in their division. A special mention to our boys team who participated in their first ever netball tournament. Once again, thanks to the parents who supported Matipo on the day and our coaches Trudi, Maryanne and Eva who helped make our field day a success.

Individual Photos
Order envelopes for individual photos were sent home earlier this term. Photos will be taken on Friday 1st September. Please return the envelopes sealed with the payment inside to the office by Wednesday 30th August. Sibling photo envelopes can be collected from the office. You may pay for more than one student’s photograph with the same payment, but each student must have their own envelope completed. Please enclose the correct payment as no change can be given.

Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 14.

Update Contact Details
If you have recently changed any contact details it is important that the office is aware in case of an emergency or situation where we need to contact you. We found from the last lot of reports emailed out that many email addresses needed updating. Please advise the office if your contact details need updating, including email addresses.

Medical Considerations
We request that you please contact the school as soon as possible if your child comes into contact with chickenpox, measles or mumps or develops them. These illnesses can have serious implications for one of our students on treatment for cancer and we need to inform the parents so that appropriate action can be taken. Please feel free to contact the school with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your consideration.

Slapped Cheek
We have had a number of confirmed cases of slapped cheek across the school. Slapped cheek is in its most infectious stage usually before it is diagnosed. Children should only remain at home if they are unwell. If exposed to slapped cheek, try to stop it spreading by ensuring your children: wash their hands frequently, cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and that they do not share food, eating utensils or drink bottles. Symptoms of slapped cheek may include: low-grade fever, chills, headache, body ache, sore throat and diarrhoea. Once these symptoms improve, a rash may develop, starting with red cheeks.


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